HMS Victorious

HMS Victorious

Launched on the 29th September 1993, HMS Victorious is continuing the Royal Navy's proud record of over 40 years of uninterrupted nuclear deterrence.

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The boat spent the middle of the last decade in a major overhaul at Devonport, during which her reactor was refitted with a new core, Core H, which will power her through the rest of her service life without the need to refuel.

Victorious, like her three sisters, has two captains and two crews, known as Port and Starboard. While one is manning the boat on patrol, the other can squeeze in some training and leave before they take their turn out at sea. 

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Current operation Continuous at sea deterrent

Since April 1969, the UK has been providing the continuous at sea deterrent. At any time, one of the current Vanguard-class submarines is on patrol somewhere in the oceans of the globe, protecting the UK through a credible nuclear deterrent.

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Unit History

The First Launch1785

A 3rd Rate two-decker of 74 guns the first Victorious was launched in London in April 1785. At that time such ships were regarded as the backbone of the British Fleet.

The Capture of Cape Town1794

She saw action in the capture of Cape Town in 1795 before spending most of her career in the East Indies, where she served as the British Flagship. She was condemned in Gibraltar in 1803.

The Second Victorious1808

Her successor was launched in October 1808. As part of the Baltic Squadron she saw action in the bombardment of Flushing (Vlissingen) in 1809 before defeating French ship Rivoli.

Harbour Service1814

Victorious operated for a couple of years in the West Indies and the American Eastern Seaboard before returning to Portsmouth in September 1814 to spend the rest of her career on harbour service.

The Third Victorious1895

The third Victorious was a 15,000 ton Majestic-class pre-Dreadnought battleship, launched in Chatham in October 1895.

Indus II1920

She spent many uneventful years in the Mediterranean and Channel Fleets before taking up a permanent mooring at Scapa Flow as a dockyard repair ship midway through World War 1.

The Fourth Victorious1941

The fourth Victorious, an Illustrious-class armoured Fleet aircraft carrier of 23,000 tons, saw action around the world in World War 2 during a distinguished career spanning almost 30 years. 


She was damaged but survived the desperate Operation Pedestal convoy to Malta in the summer of 1942, took part in the North Africa landings and then supported the Americans in the Pacific. 


After another spell closer to home, when she took part in the attack on the Tirpitz, she returned to the Far East for the latter stages of the war.

The End of Her Career1969

She was almost completely rebuilt in 1958 and continued her career in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Far East before being withdrawn from service at very short notice in March 1968.

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Like all the Vanguard Class she has 2 Captains and 2 crews called Port and Starboard.

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